Ljubljana Overview

Review of Ljubljana, Capital of Slovenia

Plecnik Arcade Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the perfect blend of cool and charming. It successfully mixes Central European architecture and horrendous, but somehow endearing ugly, communist apartments blocks, the latter acting as a necessary counterweight to ostentation.

Ljubljana is small and stuffed with the perfect mix of old European charm and awesome graffiti. The Metelkova District especially has the most vibrant and eclectic showing of street art that I have ever had the good fortune to witness. The whole area is like somebody has taken the essence of Stokes Croft and distilled it into a small courtyard.

Ljubljana city centre itself is compact and easily walkable with a few excellent sights to go and see. The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is one of the few churches I have actually been impressed with (and I have seen a LOT of churches on this trip). The interior captivated me so much that I cricked my neck from staring at the ceiling for too long.

Ljubljana Castle is perched on top of a hill with spectacular views over the city. The view is made even better by the Karawanks, Mount St Mary and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps easily visible in the background, framing the city against a vista of awesome.

At night the city comes alive with bars and restaurants lining the Ljubljanica river with live music and an extremely relaxed atmosphere.

Be warned though that these restaurants and Ljubljana in general is more expensive than I was expecting but as you should only stay there for two or three days you should not find yourself running through your savings.

I have fallen head over heels for Ljubljana and a stay of two days was perfect to fall in love and not get bored. Slovenia is rapidly becoming my true holiday romance.

Verdict: Go there, go there now!

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